RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 11, 2014) – Rajesh
Sani, Ph.D., South Dakota School of Mines & Technology associate professor in
the Departments of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Applied Biological
Sciences, has been selected as a fellow to deliver a short course in India.
The American Society of Microbiology Fellowship
and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum awarded Sani the fellowship for “Interactive Short
Course on Anaerobic Microbial Processes for
Energy and Environment.” The four-week course will be delivered in December
2014 to graduate students at Guru
Nanak Dev University in Punjab, India, hosted by Professor B. Chadha. Graduate
students from Jaypee University of Information Technology in Himachal Pradesh,
India, will also participate in the course.
main goal of the course is to introduce master’s and doctoral graduate students
to current topics in anaerobic microbial processes, emphasizing critical
evaluation of published peer-reviewed scientific literature as well as hands-on
experiences on the anaerobic process, which occurs in the absence of free
oxygen. Today, most of the sustainable and environmentally friendly processes –
including conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to liquid and gaseous biofuels;
food processing; and site remediation – rely on anaerobic microbiological systems. For example, to develop a
consolidated bioprocessing for economical cellulosic biofuel production, unique
saccharolytic fermentative microbes are needed. To isolate and work on such
unique microbes, hands-on experiences in anaerobic processes are needed.
Additionally, Sani’s visit to India will help develop strong Indo-U.S.
collaborations (research, student exchange, and Indo-U.S. network projects).
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